How to Keep your Homemade Cookies Soft

By LeafTV Contributor

Home-baked cookies are a beloved treat, but a common problem with these kind of cookies is drying out. Unless special care is taken, home-baked cookies often dry out and become hard and crunchy after a couple of days. Fortunately, there are a couple of steps you can take to prevent this from happening to your cookies.

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Learn how to make fresh cookie softness last.

Step 1

Add a little extra butter to the recipe. Tweak the ingredients just slightly to cut back on the dry ingredients and bump up the moist ones.

Step 2

Monitor the cookies as they bake per your recipe's directions. Be sure not to let them brown too much, because a burnt cookie is never going to be a soft cookie.

Step 3

When you remove the cookies from the oven, allow them to cool for a minute or two on the cookie sheet so they can finish setting up. Use a spatula to transfer them to a cooling rack, and leave them there for 10 to 15 minutes before transferring the cookies to your plastic container or airtight jar.

Step 4

Finally, tear a piece of bread -- about a quarter of a slice -- and put it in the cookie container. The cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread. If you have your doubts, try it. In a few days, the bread will just be a crunchy crouton. When the bread is crunchy, toss it out and throw in a new one.